By Rayna Dean Friday, December 30th, 2011
A year after marrying superstar Alicia Keys and welcoming a new baby boy, superproducer Swizz Beatz didn't allow marital bliss to slow him down going into 2011. Swizz not only continued building one of the more enviable production resumes in hip hop--he also expanded his business and philanthropic endeavors.
His production work appeared on everything from Kanye West and Jay-Z's "Welcome to the Jungle" to Travis Barker's "Can A Drummer Get Some?" to Lenny Kravitz's "Black and White In America."
It may be surprising to know, but Swizz also won his very first Grammy in 2011, for Best Rap Performance By A Duo or Group. Swizz is also prepping his highlyanticipated new album Haute Living, which features collaborations with Kanye West, Eve and Bono from U2.
Swizz was also named the "Producer In Residence" at New York University during the 2010, 2011 school year. He was also named Vice President of Creative Design for British car company Lotus and starred in a commercial for Bing. He also released the new 'Kamikaze' sneaker with Reebok.
He also spoke at the Bronx Charter School for the Arts about the importance of giving back. "Being that the arts in education [are] being cut down, through my involvement and my celebrity, I'm able to raise money and things," he said. "Right now, we're working on [getting the students] computers for the after school programs."